Courses for Provisionally Licensed Teachers

Provisionally Licensed Teachers

Coursework

Consult with your division or school licensure specialist to determine which courses you need to complete licensure requirements.

  • EDUC 507U Instruction & Assessment in Elementary Science – Offered Fall & Spring
  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education – Offered Fall, Spring & Summer
  • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development – Offered Spring
  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction – Offered Fall & Summer
  • EDUC 538U Technology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning – Offered Fall & Summer
  • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms – Offered Fall & Spring
  • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education – Offered Fall & Summer
  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy – Offered Spring & Summer
  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management – Offered Fall, Spring & Summer

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides approved courses for teachers holding a provisional license from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Only VDOE may grant a provisional license upon request of a Virginia public school division seeking to employ an individual with minimal competency gaps.

The University of Richmond is authorized by VDOE as an “approved licensure program,” meaning approved courses taken at UR will address licensure requirements.

The SPCS Education program offers many courses that are open to provisional license holders seeking coursework related to the VDOE’s professional studies requirements. Classes listed on this page are offered on a consistent rotation.

Additionally, we offer classes in the following specialized categories:

Provisionally licensed individuals should confirm with a VDOE Licensure Specialist that a course meets VDOE’s professional studies requirements before registering for any course.

Review additional details about the VDOE provisional license below. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Julia Burke at jburke@richmond.edu or (804) 484-1584.

Additional Information

What is a provisional license?

Provisional licenses are issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) at the request of the hiring school division.

The provisional license is a nonrenewable license valid for a period not to exceed three years. It is issued to an individual who has minimal competency gaps for full licensure as set forth by the VDOE in the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The individual must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The provisional license, with the exception of those individuals seeking licensure through a career switcher program, is issued for three years. Individuals must complete the requirements for the regular, ten-year license within the Provisional License’s three-year term.

Who might seek a provisional license?

A provisional licensure is one alternative route to licensure approved by the VDOE. For example, individuals who graduate from an accredited college or university without education coursework would not meet the VDOE requirements for an initial teaching license. However, such individuals may seek an alternative route to licensure like the provisional license. VDOE regulations allow an individual with minimal competency gaps to be employed by a school division and be granted a provisional license.

This license must be requested by the hiring school division, not by the individual.

The VDOE is the licensure authority for all teaching licenses for grades K-12 in the state. The VDOE grants licensure to individuals who meet the requirements either via a state-approved Teacher Education program or through an alternative route to licensure.

Where can I learn more about a provisional license?

Please contact a Licensure Specialist in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure at the VDOE at (804) 225-2022 with any questions specific to a provisional license and/or fulfilling competency gaps during the term of your provisional license.

Available Classes

Review the schedule of classes (below) to see which classes are being offered or will be offered in an upcoming term.

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  • EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Patricia Stohr-Hunt

    CRN: 17364 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only. Departmental approval required.

    Description

    In-depth examination of fundamental science concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on Earth, life, and physical sciences, the nature of science and scientific inquiry, the social and cultural significance of science, the relationship of science to technology, and the historical development of scientific concepts and scientific reasoning. Course content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, curriculum integration strategies, content area literacy, and current research.

  • EDUC 510U Concepts and Methods in Elementary Math
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Patricia Stohr-Hunt

    CRN: 18754 (section: 1)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only. Departmental approval required.

    Description

    In-depth examination of fundamental mathematical concepts and subject-specific pedagogy, focusing on whole numbers and their operations, algebraic thinking in the early grades, and measurement. Content emphasizes and integrates state and national standards, problem-solving approaches, use of manipulatives and technology, current research and learning theory.

  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 11751 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

  • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    Course Offerings

    August 23, 2021 through December 11, 2021
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Robert Spires

    CRN: 14253 (section: PD)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Educators seeking professional development only.

    Description

    Comprehensive introduction to pedagogy to include principles of learning; application of skills in discipline and grade-specific methodology; selection and use of materials; state and national curriculum standards; and evaluation of student performance.